I am so jealous, that sounds like an amazing trip. How big is that fish you're holding in the picture from a couple years ago?
I have nothing to offer, you're more experienced than I am. Just wanted to say I'm jealous.
So does an 8wt make it easier to cast in wind than, say, a 5wt? And is it the heavier rod or heavier line that makes the difference?
Take lots of pictures.